Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are enhancing services for seniors who exhibit behaviours associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions by investing in local initiatives that will improve care.

These investments are part of the provincial Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), which focuses on providing quality care for individuals with these conditions, in an environment that is based on safety, high quality, evidence-based care and practice.

St. Joseph’s Villa has taken the Human Resources lead in this newly established program for the HNHB LHIN. The Ministry’s local investment facilitates the hiring of – nurses, personal support workers and other health care providers – and trains them in the specialized skills necessary to support our Long Term Care facilities as a resource to provide and manage care for these patients with dignity and respect. “I am who I am, so let me be all that I can be”.

The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) project is a collaboration between Local Health Integration Networks, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.